Swiss tennis great Roger Federer has revealed in a recent interview that even though he ended up losing his last match before retirement, he is really happy with farewell.

Federer was speaking to New York Times reporter Christopher Clarey when he said, “I lost my job, but I’m very happy. I’m good. I’m really good. That’s the ironic part, is everybody thinks about happy fairy-tale endings, you know? And for me, actually it ended up being that but in a way that I never thought was going to happen.”

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Roger Federer and his ‘last dance’

After losing his last doubles match partnering Rafael Nadal at the recently concluded Laver Cup, Federer was carried atop shoulders by players from both Team Europe and Team World, as he bid farewell to a standing ovation with tears flowing continuously.

Later, Team Europe also lost their overall encounter for the first time in the history of the tournament to Team World, who were buoyed by some extraordinary performances from Felix Auger Aliassime and Frances Tiafoe.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

Federer was seen screaming and motivating his team from time-to-time on court, giving them advice and cheering them up. “I think I feel complete. I lost my last singles match. I lost my last doubles match. I lost my voice from screaming and supporting the team. I lost the last time as a team,” said the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Post retirement, the Swiss maestro has already spoken of plans to do commentary at Wimbledon and play some exhibition matches regardless of how full the capacity of the crowd is.

“I would like to keep doing exhibition matches and I know that I still have the chance to fill stadiums. It doesn’t always have to be 52,000 like in Cape Town,” he said.

“I never thought I would say this. But six months ago, I suddenly thought: commentating on tennis someday, who knows? Although I always said I would never do that. But to commentate on some matches at Wimbledon would be great,” he added.

Federer also assured his fans that while he loves tennis, he won’t be bored sitting at home. “I have my foundation, I’m a dad, number one, and a husband so I want to spend loads of time with them. But then I will never stop travelling, I always want to be active, always ready to explore new things,” he explained.

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